MercyHealth

Chase Cavanaugh

It's national EMS Week. President Gerald Ford designated the week 45 years ago to celebrate the importance of paramedics, ambulance staff, and other pre-hospital emergency workers.

Hospitals around the nation are holding events honoring the work of EMS staff. This includes Dr. Matt Smetana, an Associate EMS Director at MercyHealth in Rockford.  He says the profession has evolved.

SwedishAmerican

SwedishAmerican Hospital won approval Tuesday from a state agency for a multimillion dollar expansion in Rockford that includes a new women and children’s facility.

The modernization and expansion of the main hospital features a four-story tower that will become the home of its neonatal intensive care unit.  

Dr. Michael Born, president and CEO of SwedishAmerican, said the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board agreed that the plan for the aging hospital facility was needed.

Beginning next year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois will no longer offer PPO network plans at almost every OSF hospital.

 

City of Rockford

Rockford aldermen delayed a vote on approving fee waivers for MercyHealth totaling about $200,000.  

The fees normally would go toward inspecting sidewalks, roads and infrastructure around the healthcare company's Women and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center on Riverside Boulevard.  It's part of an annexation agreement between the City of Rockford and MercyHealth, which capped building permit fees at $900,000, according to the Register Star.  

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Illinois could have its first-ever micro-hospital if plans to build one in Crystal Lake are approved, according to state officials.

The corner of Three Oaks Road and Route 31 would be the location for the proposed 13-bed facility. A hearing by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is tentatively scheduled in June.

SwedishAmerican Hospital says it’s partnering with Aunt Martha's, a Chicago-based nonprofit, to open a new clinic in Rockford.  

The Rockford Register Star reports the 4,000 square foot clinic will be based in the hospital tower on East State Street.  Aunt Martha’s aims to offer primary care, mental health, and women’s health services.  They hope addressing problems with primary care physicians can lower the amount of patients diverted to the emergency room (SwedishAmerican has around 74,000 emergency room visits each year).  

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Rockford aldermen approved $100,000 in funds for the Rosecrance Behavioral Health Triage Program.  

Located at 605 Mulberry Street, the program provides emergency services to people suffering from psychotic episodes, extreme paranoia, and other mental health issues.  However, Rosecrance was in danger of closing its doors after a dearth of state funding.  

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Ground was broken officially Monday for the $485 million Mercyhealth regional medical center in northeast Rockford.

The center will include the highest-level services for perinatal and newborn intensive care, trauma services, and specialty medical services, according to Mercyhealth President Javon R. Bea.

"This project is the largest construction project in Rockford history,” he said, “and it will enhance not only patient care but also economic growth to the greater Rockford region in many ways."

MercyHealth Sitemap Approved

May 24, 2016
Mercy Rockford Health System

Rockford’s City Council Code and Regulation Committee has approved a sitemap for MercyHealth’s $485 million eastside medical campus. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports the map will be used to build roads, drainage ways, and other infrastructure at the site.  The facility will consist of a 188-bed hospital and medical office building.